DREAM, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, LEAD!
May 2nd, 2013, at the Arcadian Court, Toronto, five hundred patrons and business leaders gathered to support at-risk children and youth at the 11th annual DAREarts Leadership Awards, raising a record $318,000.
Volunteers were led by Johanne Lefrancois-Deignan and Jan Henderson.
Hosted by Jeanne Beker, the evening honoured DAREarts Cultural Award recipient The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin and six teens who charmed the audience with humour and heart. These young Leadership Award recipients were: Alisha Roberts-Charles, Chancellor McGuigan, Molly Sarker, Akaiya Melting Tallow, Nayeb Malik and Trenton Wabasse. Everyone left inspired to “finish their mukluks”, as Trenton said.
The Presenting Sponsor was Northbridge Insurance. Platinum Sponsors were Scotiabank and Guy Carpenter. Gold Sponsors were BMO Bank of Montreal, HUB International HKMB, Noront Resources and TD Bank Group.
Fabian Richenberger, President and CEO of Northbridge Insurance and DAREarts Vice-Chair, presented the DAREarts Cultural Award to The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin and announced an agreement between DAREarts and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) to work together. Mr. Martin agreed that there could be a great working relationship between his Aboriginal business initiative (MAEI) and DAREarts: “I think there’s an enormous opportunity between DAREarts and what we’re doing. The world is changing: technology, 3-D printing, the ability to design by computer from a long way away. If we start giving the kids in those communities a decent education, the choice will be theirs, not ours. And under those circumstances, I think we can look to a better world.”
Jeanne Beker: “Ironic, isn’t it? The arts are proven to build necessary social skills, and yet, arts programs are being cut in schools and the kids who need the most help can’t afford access to the arts. DAREarts bridges this gap.”
Congratulations, DAREarts Leadership Award Recipients!
DAREarts Chair, Frank Hennessey, paid tribute to our past Chair, Rick Patina. “Let’s pledge to build his legacy with DAREarts chapters across Canada that empower more young Canadians.” The Rexdale Outreach Choir made Canadian history when they performed “Spirit of the North”, a song written by Aboriginal youth from the remote community of Webequie FN: “I want to see myself proud, I want to see myself strong”. Dream catcher inspired centerpieces, each carrying a special wish, had been made by children from the TDSB’s Broadacres Junior School and were auctioned to raise $4,000.
Thank you to our Sponsors, Gala Committee, Volunteers, and DAREarts staff for making this the most successful Gala so far!